Awards launched to celebrate European Green Capital success

Senior business leaders at the event

Senior business leaders at the event

Senior business leaders gathered recently for the launch of the Go Green 2016 Awards, which will celebrate the green achievements of Bristol businesses during the city’s year as European Green Capital.

The awards, which are being hosted in February 2016 in association with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will recognise those businesses that have made significant improvements to their green credentials over the past year.

As the awards are predominantly open to Go Green members, organisers hope they will encourage more businesses to sign up to the initiative and join the growing sustainable business community in time for the entry deadline on 25 January 2016.

Go Green is a business programme funded by Bristol 2015 and run in partnership between Business West and Low Carbon South West.

It was launched in February 2015 to coincide with the beginning of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

The initiative enables businesses to explore new ways of working and share their experiences with the wider business community, as well as helping them find new clients, retain staff and save money and resources.

Amy Robinson, Go Green project director, comments: “Go Green is an initiative that will continue beyond 2015, so there are still plenty of opportunities for businesses, however big or small, to sign up.

“Even if your company has just become a member, you can still enter the awards as long as you’re able to demonstrate that you’ve improved your business’ green credentials over the past 12 months.”

Go Green suggests new measures and practices that businesses and organisations can implement under five key themes: Planning & Resilience, Travel & Transport, Energy & Efficiency, Sustainable Sourcing and Happy & Healthy.

There will be two awards up for grabs under the each of the five themes, one for ‘Best Newcomer’ and one for ‘Most Improved.’

There will also be a Driving Force Award that has been designed for organisations that want to recognise a green champion, wellbeing champion, team or individual who has been driving the biggest green changes in the organisation during 2015.

This is a nomination-only award and can’t be entered by individuals.